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Toppers struggle in loss to Horizon
, Courier Sportswriter
Monday, December 24, 2012 10:00 AM
LONG DAY: Shawe Memorial senior David Grote shows frustration late in Saturday’s loss to Horizon Christian. Grote scored a team-high 13 points off the bench but the Hilltoppers fell 69-46. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
TOUGH D: Shawe Memorial’s Aczael Rios attempts to dribble away from Horizon’s Noah Oetjen during Saturday’s game. The Lions had 17 steals in the boys game. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Shawe Memorial struggled in nearly every phase of its game and the result was a 69-46 boys basketball loss to visiting Horizon Christian Saturday at Meny Gymnasium.
The Hilltoppers shot just 28 percent from the floor (12-for-43), turned the ball over 23 times in suffering their sixth loss in eight games.
"We were a step slow all night. We didn't have a very good shoot-around this morning and it carried over," Shawe coach Matt Traylor said. "It's disappointing."
The Hilltoppers never led and the game was tied only once. Horizon (12-3) led 20-8 at the end of the first quarter and 35-20 late in the second.
The biggest issue for Shawe was turnovers. Normally a team that takes care of the ball well, the Hilltoppers coughed it up repeatedly against an active Horizon defense. The Lions took advantage with easy lay-ups and outscored Shawe 30-8 in the paint.
"The turnovers were disappointing. We don't usually turn the ball over much. We had a game last week where we only had seven," Traylor said. "We just did not do a good job of moving the ball against their defense."
Trailing by 13 at halftime, the Hilltoppers fell behind by 19 (43-24) early in the third quarter before rallying to cut the deficit to nine with 2:16 left in the period thanks to a 10-0 run.
But that momentum was short-lived. Caleb Oetjen scored seven-straight points to close the quarter and put Horizon on top 50-36. The Lions steadily extended their lead throughout the fourth and eventually led by as many as 25 before settling for the 23-point win.
Oetjen didn't match his school-mate Jayla Newton, who had 47 points in Horizon's win in the girls game of the girls-boys varsity doubleheader, but the senior guard came close with a game-high 35 points on 14-for-16 shooting despite sitting most of the third quarter. Oetjen was 2-of-3 on 3-pointers, 5-of-7 on free throws and added six steals and three assists in an impressive all-around performance.
"He's a good player but he's not the best player we've seen this year," Traylor said of the Horizon guard. "(Horizon's) OK but we are capable of playing much better than we did today."
John Orander hit 4-of-6 3-pointers en route to 16 points and 10 rebounds for Horizon.
David Grote, who did not start due to disciplinary reasons, led Shawe with 13 points and seven rebounds. Luke Higgins added 11 points. The Hilltoppers were 18-for-20 from the free-throw line, the lone bright spot in the game for Shawe.
"I'm not sure what the issue is right now. We're not playing with the kind of urgency you would expect," Traylor said. "We have a lot of seniors and for many of these guys this is the last time they will ever play organized ball. I just don't get the feeling that we understand that."
The Hilltoppers get a week off before playing Princeton in the Evansville Bosse Tournament on Friday, a one-game affair. The Hilltoppers then host Oldenburg Academy on Jan. 4.
SATURDAY'S BOYS GAME
HORIZON 69, SHAWE 46
HORIZON 20 15 15 19 - 69
SHAWE 8 14 14 10 - 46
HORIZON (12-3) - (g)C. Oetjen 35, (g)Orander 16, (g)Davis 5, (g)Butler 5, N. Oetjen 4, Dumas 4, (c)Rhodes 0, J. Oetjen 0, Hadley 0, Burtner 0, Marc. Kelley 0, Mark Kelley 0.
SHAWE (2-6) - D. Grote 13, (g)Higgins 11, (g)Mingione 7, (f)Ball 4, (f)T. Rhoten 4, (g)Rios 3, Daugherty 2, Reuss 2, G. Rhoten 0, W. Grote 0, Koehler 0, Fry 0.
3-Point Goals - Horizon 7 (Orander 4, C, Oetjen 2, Davis 1), Shawe 4 (D. Grote 2, Rios 1, Higgins 1). Rebounds - Horizon 33 (Orander 10), Shawe 29 (D. Grote 7). Assists - Horizon 13 (N. Oetjen 4), Shawe 6 (D. Grote 2). Turnovers - Horizon 17, Shawe 23. Total Fouls - Horizon 17, Shawe 17. Free Throws - Horizon 14-17, Shawe 18-20. Fouled Out - Shawe: D. Grote. Next Game - Horizon visits Bloomington Lighthouse Jan. 4. Shawe plays Princeton in the Evansville Bosse Tournanament Friday.
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